So to summarize, Covergirl, Maybelline, Revlon, Procter & Gamble, Rimmel, L’Oreal, MAC Cosmetics, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Olay, Johnson & Johnson (parent company of Neutrogena), Nivea, Unilever (owner of Dove), and Biore are all owned/lead primarily by men. The global cosmetics industry generates anywhere between $140 to over $400 BILLION dollars in sales annually, depending on your source. Most of this money is spent by women on products that men have marketed to them as essential using photoshopped, impossible, and often racist idealizations of female beauty. Don’t try to tell me that female self-hatred and insecurity is primarily fueled by fellow women, don’t try to tell me that it isn’t a direct and calculated result of the patriarchy. Don’t get me started on how much of these products are physically harmful to us. And do not ever forget how many billions of dollars in profit men are making from exploiting the insecurities they have manufactured in women.
“When a man invades a woman’s body space without her invitation, touches, grabs and gropes her without her consent, he violates her sovereignty of person. He evicts her from her own body. Our bodies are our first homes. If we are not safe in our bodies, we are always homeless.” - Shailja Patel